Congregations Awarded for Innovative Ministries

Union Presbyterian Seminary honored six Presbyterian congregations for their innovative service in Christian education, outreach, and social concern with the annual Congregational Leadership Awards. Since 1991, 94 churches in 28 states have received Union Presbyterian Seminary Congregational Leadership Awards.

    The Elinor Curry Award recognizes ministries of outreach and social concern that address the call of the church to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God” and in so doing change the congregation. This year the Elinor Curry Award goes to Wythe Presbyterian Church in Hampton, VA.  Clint (Thomas Clinton) Mitchell (M.Div./M.A.C.E.’02) is the pastor of Wythe.

    The James Goodpasture Award recognizes congregations that extend hospitality to persons with developmental disabilities, engaging them in the life of the church and thereby changing the congregation. This year the James Goodpasture Award goes to Brooklyn Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, MI.

    The Tolly Thompson Award recognizes congregations that are creatively meeting a vital Christian Education need in the church community.  This year the Tolly Thompson Award goes to St. James Presbyterian Church  in Greensboro, NC.

    The Katherine Hawes Award recognizes effective youth ministries that engage youth in all areas of the church’s mission and extend beyond the church into the community and the world. This year the Katherine Hawes Award goes to Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church in Crawfordsville, IN.

    The Al Dimmock Award recognizes excellence and congregational involvement in the empowerment of older adults.  This year the Al Dimmock Award goes to First Presbyterian Church of Athens in Athens, GA.

    The Louise McComb Award recognizes congregations that are creatively meeting vital Christian Education needs of older adults in the church community.  This year the Louise McComb Award goes to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Williamsport, IN.